Understanding Sever's Disease: Treatment and Care at Acacia Foot and Ankle Surgeons

Apr 17, 2024
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Sever's Disease, also known as calcaneal apophysitis, is a common heel injury that typically affects children during their growth spurts.

What is Sever's Disease?

Sever's Disease occurs when the growth plate in the heel is injured by excessive stress and strain, often due to physical activity. This condition is most prevalent in physically active children and adolescents, especially those who participate in sports that involve running and jumping. The main symptom is pain in the heel, which can be exacerbated by physical activity.

Diagnosis at Acacia Foot and Ankle Surgeons

Dr. Kaveh Panahi and our team at Acacia Foot and Ankle Surgeons are experienced in the diagnosis and management of Sever's Disease. Diagnosis typically involves a thorough physical examination and an assessment of the child's medical history and usual activities as well as type of shoe wear. Typically X-ray images may be necessary to rule out other conditions such as fractures, which we can conveniently perform in our office.

Treatment Options

The primary goal of treating Sever's Disease is to alleviate pain and reduce inflammation. At Acacia Foot and Ankle Surgeons, we offer a multifaceted approach to treatment:

1. Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is a cornerstone of our treatment strategy. We often develop a personalized home exercise program that stretches and strengthens the muscles around the heel, improving flexibility and reducing stress on the growth plate. Occasionally we refer to our patients to a professional physical therapist if we are unable to accomplish what we require at home. 

2. Orthotics and Heel Lifts

Custom orthotics are another effective treatment option we provide. These devices are designed to support the foot's natural structure, distribute pressure evenly, and alleviate stress on the heel. Custom orthotics can be especially beneficial for children with foot alignment issues that exacerbate Sever's Disease. Learn more about Custom Orthotics. 

3. Rest and Pain Management

Rest is crucial to allow the heel to heal properly. We advise limiting activities that may worsen the pain, coupled with pain management strategies such as ice application to reduce inflammation and over-the-counter pain relievers if recommended by Dr. Panahi. However we understand that most kids who suffer from Sever's disease are very active and often participate in high impact sports. It is essential that we develope a balanced rest and activity regiment to prevent further damage, but not completely limiting the patient's activities. 

Why Choose Acacia Foot and Ankle Surgeons?

Choosing the right care for your child is paramount. Dr. Kaveh Panahi and our dedicated team at Acacia Foot and Ankle Surgeons are committed to providing the highest quality of care. With state-of-the-art diagnostic tools, personalized treatment plans, and a compassionate approach, we ensure that your child receives the best possible care for Sever's Disease.

If you suspect your child may be suffering from heel pain or Sever's Disease, don’t hesitate to contact us at 623.439.2200 or use our online portal to schedule an appointment. Early diagnosis and treatment are key to a quick and successful recovery.